Edward E. Boynton House

Date: 1908
Address: Rochester, NY 14610
City: Rochester, New York
Category: Residential
Accessibility: Public

Designed for Edward E. Boynton, a widower and lantern salesman from Rochester, New York, and his daughter, Beulah, the Boynton house is an excellent example of Wright’s mature Prairie style.

The first-story fenestration is abundant, especially in the dining room where dropped skylights, a band of clerestory windows, and a bay with casement windows, meet to create dazzling tiers displaying distinct abstract patterns. The adjacent living room features bays with a similar configuration of windows on two sides and glass doors leading to a veranda on the northwest end of the structure. Wright was heavily involved in the design process, and traveled to Rochester several times to oversee the construction. He also designed much of the furniture. The large dining room table, which featured bold standards supporting light fixtures, is an especially noteworthy piece. Its design anticipates that of the Robie house dining table, completed two years later.


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